ECI to question deptt over model code of conduct violations

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ECI to question deptt over model code of conduct violations


News / Election Commission of India   /   Jun 12, 2015
Kulbir Manhas
Kulbir Manhas
Kulbir writes about politics, social issues and technology. He has worked in an NGO for several years.

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New Delhi: The Election Commission of India (ECI) said that it would question all departments, which did not adhere to the model code of conduct during the elections. The departments include the general administration, the state election officer, the Dairy, Agriculture, Public Health and Higher Education and Technical Education departments.

The Bombay High Court has sent notices to the government, former chief minister Prithiviraj Chavan and the Election Commission of India after a petition challenged promotions and transfers before the 2014 Assembly Elections while the model code of conduct was in force.

All departments, which allegedly did not adhere to the model code of conduct during the elections, will be questioned over violations. These include the general administration, the state election officer, the Dairy, Agriculture, Public Health and Higher Education and Technical Education departments.

The Bombay High Court has issued notices to the government, former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and the Election Commission of India on the matter after a petition challenged transfers and promotions before the 2014 Assembly elections, when the model code of conduct was in force.

“The rules clearly spell out that during elections after the code of conduct is brought into force, there should be no transfers or promotions. If the departments violated these rules, necessary action will be taken,” said an election officer.

The division bench of Justices Naresh Patil and SB Shukare has directed the respondents within four weeks. Petitioner Hemant Patil , state coordinator of BJP, had alleged that the respondents had transferred and promoted officials while the code of conduct was in force.

The petitioner said he had made representations before the ECI requesting cancellation of the transfers and promotions but no action was taken.  

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